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Welcome to the True North

Help Make it Strong and Barrier-Free

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Provencher Bridge in Winnipeg - Manitoba's capital

Provencher Bridge in Winnipeg - Manitoba's capital
Where's Manitoba Anyway?

Manitoba is a prairie province located at the very centre of Canada. Our province has a population of 1,208,268 (200,000 with disabilities), covers an area of 649,950 square kilometres and boasts more than 100,000 lakes.

Winnipeg, our the capital city (population 634,000), has historically been a leader in advancing the rights of persons with disabilties. Proudly, it is home to the head offices of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities and the Canadian Centre on Disability Studies and will be hosting the soon to be opened Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

The Disability Rights Agenda

In June 2010, the Government of Manitoba set forth a bold new objective - to make our fair Canadian province "a leader in promoting and protecting the human rights of persons with a disability."

With the accessibility-rights legislation that is now being contemplated, the government has the opportunity to take a giant step forward - both toward achieving this goal and toward leading-edge CRPD implementation.

But, as with many governments around the world, ours needs some extra encouragement to ensure that the legislation tabled is both strong and effective. To this end, Barrier-Free Manitoba has set out seven key elements that we believe will be essential to provide a solid foundation for the legislation.

  • Strong, Resolute and Robust Intent and Language
  • Drivers to Sustain Vision, Commitment and Accountability
  • Built on the Best With Early and Tangible Progress
  • Broad Public Sector Engagement and Focused Accountability
  • Strong Compliance Framework with ‘Teeth’
  • Enhanced Human Rights Protections

How You Can Help

We are asking organizations and individuals from outside Manitoba to send us short messages of encouragement that we can share with our provincial government. We will also be sharing these messages with the Council that has been set up to provide recommendations on the structure and content of this legislation.

Each and every message will be an important act of solidarity. And if Manitoba can raise the bar on accessibility-rights, then we’re hopeful that our example can meaningfully support progress elsewhere.

Please help today!

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